The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis

"A detective story with no detective" says the tagline on this book, and it's a pretty good description. Set in Edinburgh in 2011, Margaret is a middle aged woman whose life has imploded in London, so she flees to her mothers in Scotland. It's one of the coldest Winters on record, and there are a …

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Braised Pork by An Yu

Jia Jia has been married for 4 years, in a relationship based on practical things like making a family rather than love. When her husband announces that they will go on a trip, Jia Jia goes to pack, only to walk into the bathroom to find her husband dead in the bath tub. He has …

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O! Relentless Death! Celebrity, Loss and Mourning by Andrew and Lee Fearnside

Do you remember that point in 2016 when there seemed to be a celebrity death every day, and there was loads of political unrest, and it just felt generally scary and terrible? It sucked. Creating something beautiful out of the darkness, Andrew and Lee Fearnside channelled their thoughts and feelings and created this slim volume. …

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Six Tudor Queens: Katharine Of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir

There's something about Henry VIII and his wives that is endlessly fascinating. I've read a few different books about him, his wives, and also his children, most especially Elizabeth I. One of the best historians of the period, and one of the most easily accessible, is Alison Weir. Her works on the period are incredibly …

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